Sunday, January 28, 2007

Connecting to a Network Drive on Startup

This post is mostly drawn from the Ubuntu Starter Guide directions with some modifications and assumes you already have Samba set up (see previous post on file sharing). You also want to set a mount point on your local computer for the shared directory. To do this, pick a name for the folder (I'll choose Storage) and type this into a terminal:
sudo mkdir /media/Storage

Then you want to edit /etc/fstab by adding a line for the network folder as shown below. The formula should be:
(network location) (mount point) (filesystem) (options) (0) (0)

So assuming my shared folder is named Bob and is on my desktop named Ugly, and assuming that the mount point on my local computer is at /media/Storage, then the fstab entry would be as follows:
//ugly-desktop/Bob /media/Storage smbfs defaults,users,dmask=777,fmask=777 0 0

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Just some Dilbert

Thanks to the Ubuntu Blog for linking to the linux toons page.

Ubuntu Blog ping

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Installing Stuff on Ubuntu

Simon Gray has posted an excellent tutorial on "How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu." It covers everything from synaptic, to the terminal, to compiling and installing a package with source code.

Monday, January 01, 2007

PLF Update

At some point, the PLF site moved so you will need to update the repository location and the key.

The new site (Medibuntu) is located here. So you will need to delete the APT line and key for the old PLF repository and add the new one. The new apt line is:
deb edgy free non-free
There are instruction on how to add this new repository on the medibuntu site under Repository Howto, but to add this line for synaptic the non-command line way, go to:
System-->Administration-->Synaptic-->Settings-->Repositories-->Third Party Tab-->Click on Add-->Paste in the apt line from above.

For the key, you can use the instructions on the Medibuntu site or do it my way by right clicking on the site below and choose save link location:
Medibuntu key
Then go System-->Administration-->Synaptic-->Settings-->Repositories-->Authentication Tab-->Click on Import Key File-->Choose the file that you just downloaded.

UPDATE FOR FEISTY: The above is still true for feisty, however, the new apt line is:
deb feisty free non-free


Some random port information:

For your bittorrent client (I like bittornado) and emule client, use a private port between 49152 and 65535. See this wikipedia article. Emule clients like amule typically use 4662 (TCP) and 4673 (UDP) and bittorrent typically uses 6881 as the default but these may be blocked by your ISP. Amule suggests setting your TCP and then assigning the UDP by TCP+3.

Also, when syncing your palm over your home network, you may have to open a port. The port used by palm network sync is 14238.